Contract furniture may look like residential furniture, it may look like the inexpensive office furniture commodity product that you find in discount stores and warehouse clubs, it may even be less expensive. It's just made to do a job differently.
Hardware (both structural and decorative) may look "clunkier", but it is the strength and durability of contract furniture that sets it apart.
It may appear to be the same quality, but the materials used are a shade better - a shade more consistant - a shade more expensive.
If you are really interested, the manufacturer will send you product specifications. Don't be afraid to ask and don't buy anything you're not comfortable with. These days, with OSHA and EPA requirements, full disclosure is the norm.
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